Sometimes it seems like we live in a world where the term "self-care" gets tossed around like a beach ball. Of course, it's absolutely crucial that we take care of ourselves in the many important ways that help us both survive and thrive. But I think sometimes our society focuses too much on us as individuals and not enough on us as relational beings. Most of us do not live in vacuums, and those who do often decide that it's not the greatest place to reside. While other people can certainly be a source of stress or frustration (particularly when it comes to their transgressions), our connections with others (human or otherwise) can also be enlivening and make life more liveable.
The video below helped me start my Monday morning off on the right foot. It reminded me how creating opportunities to connect, play, and take care of others can drastically reduce stress. These moments take us out of our own heads and into a present that's more encouraging and life-affirming. After all, what's more engaging and uplifting than baby animals?